10 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour

Overview of 10 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour:

This 10 days Rwanda safari with gorilla tour is a comprehensive package that takes you around Rwanda in only 10 days. It is designed to incorporate all interesting tourist activities in Rwanda including; game drives, boat cruise and sport fishing in Akagera National Park; Chimpanzee trekking and Canopy walk in Nyungwe forest National Park; Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park plus the Dian Fossey hiking encounter, Banyarwanda culture and the Kigali city tour. This combination will ultimately generate ultimate safari memories.

Safari highlight 10 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour:

Day 1: Arrive in Rwanda – Kigali International Airport.

Day 2: Drive to Akagera National Park & do boat cruise.

Day 3: Do a game drive & boat cruise or sport fishing in Rwanda’s largest savannah park – Akagera.

Day 4: Drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit Murambi genocide memorial site & Butare National Museum en route.

Day 5: Do Chimp trekking.

Day 6: Undertake a canopy walk.

Day 7: Drive to Volcanoes national park – the home of the endangered Mountain gorillas.

Day 8: Do gorilla trekking

Day 9: Take an excursion to the Karisoke Research Center (Dian Fossey) & transfer to Kigali.

Day 10: Do a tour of Kigali city & depart.

  • Day 1 Arrive in Rwanda – Kigali International Airport

    Arrive in Rwanda through its main gateway where you will find the guide waiting for you. You will be transferred to your respective hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel (Luxury/upmarket), Hotel Chez Lando (Midrange/standard) or Discover Rwanda Youth hostel (Budget/basic).

  • Day 2 Drive to Akagera National Park

    After breakfast, embark on transfer to Akagera National Park – the largest savannah Park in Rwanda 130km about 2.5 hours’ drive from Kigali city. You will have lunch from the park and embark on the boat cruise on Lake Ihema in the afternoon where you will be able to spot water birds, Hippos, Nile crocodiles among other species.

    Accommodation: Ruzizi Tented Camp (Luxury/upmarket), Akagera game lodge (Midrange/standard) or Dereva Hotel (Budget/basic).

  • Day 3 Do a game drive & boat cruise in Rwanda’s largest savannah park – Akagera

    Wake up for an early morning game drive to catch up with early risers and nocturnal getting back to their hiding places before dawn. You will be exposed to a range of wildlife including; giraffes, elephant, buffalo, zebra and a range of antelope. Return to the lodge for relaxation at 11:00am till lunch time. In the afternoon, you can embark on the fishing encounter on Lake Shakani or opt for another boat cruise on Lake Ihema before returning to the lodge for overnight.

    Accommodation: You will spend a night at your previous lodge.

  • Day 4 Drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit Murambi genocide memorial site & Butare National Museum.

    Transfer after breakfast to Nyungwe Forest National Park 320km about 4 – 5 hours’ drive. You will visit Murambi memorial and the national Museum at Butare, Nyanza palace en route to Nyungwe. Arrive in Nyungwe in the evening for overnight.

    Accommodation: Nyungwe forest View Lodge (Luxury/upmarket), Hill Top View Hotel (Midrange/standard) or Gisakura Guest House (Budget/basic).

  • Day 5 Do Chimp trekking.

    Wake up early for an early morning cup of coffee before embarking on the Chimpanzee trekking experience in the prehistoric forest of Nyungwe. It is quite amazing encountering Chimps rolling themselves across these well-structured trees as they gather and consume more fruits as they can. Take photos and generate enough memories to keep with you forever.
    Accommodation: You will spend an overnight at your previous lodge.

  • Day 6 Undertake a Canopy Walk.

    Undertake a canopy walk.
    Undertake a canopy walk in the Forest Park of Nyungwe – the largest montane forest in East Africa. This canopy walk exposes you to primate species that are rarely seen on ground including bird species. The lush of the forest top is quite rewarding too.
    Accommodation: You will spend an overnight at your previous lodge.

  • Day 7 Drive to Volcanoes national park – the home of the endangered Mountain gorillas.

    After breakfast embark on 284km journey over 8 hours’ drive to Volcanoes National Park. You will arrive in the late afternoon and check in at your hotel.
    Accommodation: Muhabura Hotel (Basic/budget), Lapalme Hotel (Midrange/standard) or Mountains Gorilla View Hotel (Upmarket/luxury).

  • Day 8 Do gorilla trekking

    Wake up as early as possible to take breakfast before converging at the Park Headquarters at Kinigi at 08:00am for briefing and eventual commencement of gorilla trekking encounter. The activity of trekking can take 2 – 8 hours thus it is important to carry with you packed lunch. One hour will be allocated to you to interact physically with the gorillas and photos and questions are allowed during this historical encounter. Return to the lodge after trekking for relaxation and in the evening you can to visit the twin lakes or a cultural tour to the Iby’wachu Village to explore in to the Banyarwanda culture.

    Accommodation: Spend a night at your previous lodge.

  • Day 8 Transfer to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi)

    After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi area) driving through impressive scenic landscapes marked by Rwandan hill sides and the views of Lake Kivu as it stretches from Cyangungu in the south through Kibuye eventually to Gisenyi. You will have lunch stop in Kibuye and continue to arrive in Gisenyi in the afternoon for relaxation and overnight.

    Accommodation: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Upmarket/luxury), Palm Beach (Budget/basic) or Hotel Gorillas Lake Kivu (Midrange/standard).

  • Day 9 Take an excursion to the Karisoke Research Center (Dian Fossey) & transfer to Kigali.

    Visit Karisoke research center after breakfast to witness the attempts of the leading gorilla conservationist – Dian Fossey an American Primatologist. During this visit, you will also visit her grave and that of Digit – her admirable silverback after which you will return to the lodge for lunch and eventual departure for Kigali City 116km about 3 hours’ drive. Arrive in the evening for overnight.

    Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel (Upmarket/luxury), Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel (Budget/basic) or Hotel Chez Lando (Midrange/budget).

  • Day 10 Do a Tour of Kigali city & depart.

    After breakfast, undertake a Kigali city tour visiting Gisozi/Kigali memorial genocide site, Nyamata church, Hotel Des Mille Collines, down town Kigali, Presidential palace museum and craft centers before retiring to prepare for your departure in the afternoon.
    End of safari.

Safari Overview and Highlights

Overview of 10 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour:

This 10 days Rwanda safari with gorilla tour is a comprehensive package that takes you around Rwanda in only 10 days. It is designed to incorporate all interesting tourist activities in Rwanda including; game drives, boat cruise and sport fishing in Akagera National Park; Chimpanzee trekking and Canopy walk in Nyungwe forest National Park; Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park plus the Dian Fossey hiking encounter, Banyarwanda culture and the Kigali city tour. This combination will ultimately generate ultimate safari memories.

Safari highlight 10 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour:

Day 1: Arrive in Rwanda – Kigali International Airport.

Day 2: Drive to Akagera National Park & do boat cruise.

Day 3: Do a game drive & boat cruise or sport fishing in Rwanda’s largest savannah park – Akagera.

Day 4: Drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit Murambi genocide memorial site & Butare National Museum en route.

Day 5: Do Chimp trekking.

Day 6: Undertake a canopy walk.

Day 7: Drive to Volcanoes national park – the home of the endangered Mountain gorillas.

Day 8: Do gorilla trekking

Day 9: Take an excursion to the Karisoke Research Center (Dian Fossey) & transfer to Kigali.

Day 10: Do a tour of Kigali city & depart.

Detailed Itinerary
  • Day 1 Arrive in Rwanda – Kigali International Airport

    Arrive in Rwanda through its main gateway where you will find the guide waiting for you. You will be transferred to your respective hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel (Luxury/upmarket), Hotel Chez Lando (Midrange/standard) or Discover Rwanda Youth hostel (Budget/basic).

  • Day 2 Drive to Akagera National Park

    After breakfast, embark on transfer to Akagera National Park – the largest savannah Park in Rwanda 130km about 2.5 hours’ drive from Kigali city. You will have lunch from the park and embark on the boat cruise on Lake Ihema in the afternoon where you will be able to spot water birds, Hippos, Nile crocodiles among other species.

    Accommodation: Ruzizi Tented Camp (Luxury/upmarket), Akagera game lodge (Midrange/standard) or Dereva Hotel (Budget/basic).

  • Day 3 Do a game drive & boat cruise in Rwanda’s largest savannah park – Akagera

    Wake up for an early morning game drive to catch up with early risers and nocturnal getting back to their hiding places before dawn. You will be exposed to a range of wildlife including; giraffes, elephant, buffalo, zebra and a range of antelope. Return to the lodge for relaxation at 11:00am till lunch time. In the afternoon, you can embark on the fishing encounter on Lake Shakani or opt for another boat cruise on Lake Ihema before returning to the lodge for overnight.

    Accommodation: You will spend a night at your previous lodge.

  • Day 4 Drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit Murambi genocide memorial site & Butare National Museum.

    Transfer after breakfast to Nyungwe Forest National Park 320km about 4 – 5 hours’ drive. You will visit Murambi memorial and the national Museum at Butare, Nyanza palace en route to Nyungwe. Arrive in Nyungwe in the evening for overnight.

    Accommodation: Nyungwe forest View Lodge (Luxury/upmarket), Hill Top View Hotel (Midrange/standard) or Gisakura Guest House (Budget/basic).

  • Day 5 Do Chimp trekking.

    Wake up early for an early morning cup of coffee before embarking on the Chimpanzee trekking experience in the prehistoric forest of Nyungwe. It is quite amazing encountering Chimps rolling themselves across these well-structured trees as they gather and consume more fruits as they can. Take photos and generate enough memories to keep with you forever.
    Accommodation: You will spend an overnight at your previous lodge.

  • Day 6 Undertake a Canopy Walk.

    Undertake a canopy walk.
    Undertake a canopy walk in the Forest Park of Nyungwe – the largest montane forest in East Africa. This canopy walk exposes you to primate species that are rarely seen on ground including bird species. The lush of the forest top is quite rewarding too.
    Accommodation: You will spend an overnight at your previous lodge.

  • Day 7 Drive to Volcanoes national park – the home of the endangered Mountain gorillas.

    After breakfast embark on 284km journey over 8 hours’ drive to Volcanoes National Park. You will arrive in the late afternoon and check in at your hotel.
    Accommodation: Muhabura Hotel (Basic/budget), Lapalme Hotel (Midrange/standard) or Mountains Gorilla View Hotel (Upmarket/luxury).

  • Day 8 Do gorilla trekking

    Wake up as early as possible to take breakfast before converging at the Park Headquarters at Kinigi at 08:00am for briefing and eventual commencement of gorilla trekking encounter. The activity of trekking can take 2 – 8 hours thus it is important to carry with you packed lunch. One hour will be allocated to you to interact physically with the gorillas and photos and questions are allowed during this historical encounter. Return to the lodge after trekking for relaxation and in the evening you can to visit the twin lakes or a cultural tour to the Iby’wachu Village to explore in to the Banyarwanda culture.

    Accommodation: Spend a night at your previous lodge.

  • Day 8 Transfer to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi)

    After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi area) driving through impressive scenic landscapes marked by Rwandan hill sides and the views of Lake Kivu as it stretches from Cyangungu in the south through Kibuye eventually to Gisenyi. You will have lunch stop in Kibuye and continue to arrive in Gisenyi in the afternoon for relaxation and overnight.

    Accommodation: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Upmarket/luxury), Palm Beach (Budget/basic) or Hotel Gorillas Lake Kivu (Midrange/standard).

  • Day 9 Take an excursion to the Karisoke Research Center (Dian Fossey) & transfer to Kigali.

    Visit Karisoke research center after breakfast to witness the attempts of the leading gorilla conservationist – Dian Fossey an American Primatologist. During this visit, you will also visit her grave and that of Digit – her admirable silverback after which you will return to the lodge for lunch and eventual departure for Kigali City 116km about 3 hours’ drive. Arrive in the evening for overnight.

    Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel (Upmarket/luxury), Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel (Budget/basic) or Hotel Chez Lando (Midrange/budget).

  • Day 10 Do a Tour of Kigali city & depart.

    After breakfast, undertake a Kigali city tour visiting Gisozi/Kigali memorial genocide site, Nyamata church, Hotel Des Mille Collines, down town Kigali, Presidential palace museum and craft centers before retiring to prepare for your departure in the afternoon.
    End of safari.

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